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Posted on: August 3, 2022

August 2 Council Recap

2022-Council

The following is a recap of a City of Seabrook City Council meeting. City Council Meeting agendas are posted to seabrooktx.gov prior to each meeting and the recap will be distributed and posted to the website within three to five business days following the meeting. 


PRESENTATIONS

Yachty Gras Post Event Report
Dr. Maureen Howard, Chief Executive Officer, presented the Post Event Report for the February 19, 2022, Yachty Gras Event.  Dr. Howard also briefly described other events that the Yachty Gras organization has participated in during 2022, including Clear Lake Chamber Spotlight Table, Masquerade Ball, Marine Max Boat Show, Men Who Cook, Keels n Wheels, and the Americal Division of Bravo Company visit to Clear Lake Area.  Yachty Gras has also made donations to and for the Bay Area Veterans Memorial, SPCA, cancer research for children, the Seabrook Animal Shelter, Sea Scouts, Wounded Warriors, and hearing aids for children.  Finally, Yachty Gras has put a plan together to build the Bay Area Maritime Museum.  Staff has already been hired to support the museum and plans include the construction of the museum in Seabrook.
DOWNLOAD 2022 YACHTY GRAS POST EVENT PRESENTATION


EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS

  • August 3 - Comprehensive Master PlanCommunity Workshop at Public Works - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
  • September 10 - Annual Kids Fish Event on Main Street - 8am to 10am
  • September 17 - Seabrook Trail Tour on the new trail extension

BID AWARDS

SCADA System
The City Council unanimously approved the award of a bid to Hahn Equipment Company for the design, supply, integration, installation and commissioning of an updated SCADA system for wastewater facilities under CIP FAC 12.  Council gave the authorization to the City Manager to negotiate and execute an agreement between the City of Seabrook and Hahn Equipment Company, in an amount not to exceed $74,750.


RESOLUTIONS

Resolution 2022-27  Apache Tree Grant 
By unanimous consent, the City Council approved Resolution 2022-27 to authorize the submission of an application to the Apache Foundation for the award of a grant during FY2021-2022 to positively impact and expand Seabrook’s green infrastructure by providing trees to beautify neighborhoods, provide habitat for wildlife and other conservation efforts.  

Resolution 2022-28   EDC Project - Transwestern Development Company, L.L.C., affiliate, TDC Bayport GP, L.P.,  
The City Council unanimously approved Resolution 2022-28 on the first of two readings to approve an EDC Project and EDC expenditures for the promotion of new business for the construction of a warehouse located at 5803 Old Highway 146, pursuant to the Economic Development Agreement, in an amount not to exceed $50,000.00. The Economic Development Agreement was approved by the Seabrook Economic Development Board of Directors on July 14, 2022.

AGREEMENTS & CONTRACTS

Retail at the Commons
The City Council unanimously approved a nine-month extension request from WMF Investments seeking to extend their project completion date from August 18, 2022, to May 18, 2023.  The Seabrook EDC Board of Directors approved this request on July 14, 2022.   

BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

Interview Panels
Pursuant to Resolution 2021-21, the City Council discussed the appointment of two (2) Councilmembers each to an Interview Panel for boards and commissions that have current vacancies or that have term expirations in January 2023.  By consensus the following Councilmembers were appointed: 

  • Board of Adjustment Interview Panel: Rob Hefner and Buddy Hammann
  • Economic Development Interview Panel: Tom Tollett and Jackie Rasco
  • Ethics Review Commission Interview Panel: Mike Giangrosso and Buddy Hammann
  • Open Space and Trails Committee Interview Panel: Tom Tollett and Joe Machol
  • Planning & Zoning Commission Interview Panel: Rob Hefner and Joe Machol

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

Municipal Court Judges’ Salaries
By unanimous vote, the City Council approved a pay increase for all Municipal Court judges from $150 per hour to $200 per hour.  The last increase for Municipal Court judges was in 2011.  Council asked Presiding Judge Dick H. Gregg, III to discuss pay rates for Municipal Court judges on an annual basis during budget discussions, rather than waiting 10 years.  Judge Gregg reiterated that he has signed more standing orders for court staff, which cuts down on the judge's overall time in the courtroom, thus cutting down the amount of hours spent on judges’ salaries.  

Video Streaming of Public Meetings
After discussion on options for video streaming City Council meetings, the City Council unanimously approved direction to City staff to publish notice of bid for the cost of upgrading the City Council Chamber with the necessary equipment to record, broadcast and stream public meetings; this includes but is not limited to cameras, lighting, sound equipment, microphones, monitors, screens and for personnel cost to operate the equipment during public meetings and broadcasting the video on PEG Channel 16 plus posting the video on an online platform live and/or after public meetings.
DOWNLOAD VIDEO STREAMING PRESENTATION


UPDATES


City Manager Updates
Gayle Cook, City Manager, updated and reported to the City Council on various items that require no action, including SH146 Expansion Projects, Red Bluff Expansion Project, Gulf Coast Protection District, CenterPoint Substation and Industrial Area, City of Seabrook CIP Projects, and any City of Seabrook Grant Administration.
DOWNLOAD AUGUST 2, 2022 CITY MANAGER PRESENTATION


FUTURE MEETING DATES AND AGENDA ITEMS
The next regular City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 16, at 6:00pm.

MEETING AUDIO NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

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